We have another of Belle Fiori’s finest to introduce you to this week-an excellent addition to our floral family this year. Meet Amy!

Name: Amy Reese

Nickname: Shop Cat

Tell us a little bit about your self: I am a recent graduate of UW Green Bay where I studied design arts and business. I grew up in the greater Milwaukee area and have loved this city for all of my life. Some of my favorite pastimes are hiking, road biking, all sorts of water sports, crafting, gardening, and watching Grey’s anatomy.

How long have you worked at Belle Fiori? I started in July of 2014, but I already love it here!

What is your position? I am a designer but I am also in charge of our outdoor butterfly garden space, where I planted around 60 different perrenials and bulbs this summer.

What sparked your interest in floral design? My interest in floral design stemmed from working in my Mother’s flower gardens at home. I learned about many different types of plants, how they grow, and how to maintain a beautiful garden. My study of design arts in college also influenced this passion.

When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be? At that age I wanted to be a zoo keeper and work with all sorts of animals, particularly penguins.

What is your favorite season? Fall is by far my favorite season! The cooler weather calls for comfy sweaters, warm boots and hot coffee which go along perfectly with hiking and carving pumpkins.

If you weren’t in the field of floral design, what would you be doing? I would most likely be working in a different aspect of the wedding industry or in the field of interior design. I love to work with different colors, textures and mediums.

What is your favorite part about living in Milwaukee? I have been going to the kite festivals on the lakefront for as long as I can remember, and I still enjoy going.  On a nice sunny day downtown a walk near the lake looking at the beautiful old houses is something I love as well.

What is your favorite floral trend? I am still finding out what styles are my favorite, but I am really liking arrangements with ferns that have a very loose and natural look to them with fall jewel tones mixed in.

If you could have 1 super power, what would it be? Time travel!

What would I find in your refrigerator at home? A whole lot of gluten free bread and ice cream!